Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – August 2016

Canadian Tourism Employment Monthly Snapshot – August 2016

(seasonally unadjusted)

In August 2016, the unemployment rate1 in the tourism sector was at 5.0%, which is 0.6% lower than the rate reported in August 2015, but higher than the previous month (July 2016) when the unemployment rate stood at 4.7%.

At 5.0%, tourism’s unemployment rate was well below Canada’s seasonally unadjusted unemployment rate of 7.6%.

With the exception of the accommodations sector, all tourism industry groups have reported equal or lower unemployment rates than they had one year ago (Table 1).

On a provincial basis, tourism unemployment rates ranged from 1.7% in Prince Edward Island to 7.1% in Alberta.

The seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates for tourism in each province, with the exception of Saskatchewan, were well below the rates reported for the provincial economy (Figure 1).

Tourism employment comprised 11.6% of the total Canadian labour force for the month of August.

During the month of August, students who plan on returning to school in the fall had an unemployment rate of 14.4%.

Table 1 – Employment Rate by Tourism Industry Group – August 2015/2016
Tourism Industry Group2 Unemployment Rate –
August 2015
Unemployment Rate –
August 2016
Tourism 5.6% 5.0%
Accommodations 4.4% 4.5%
Food and Beverage 5.5% 4.9%
Recreation and Entertainment 5.7% 4.8%
Transportation 6.7% 6.7%
Figure 1 – Tourism Sector vs. Total Labour Force Unemployment Rates by Province (Seasonally Unadjusted)

1 To determine unemployment rates, industrial (NAICS) classifications are based on the most recent job held within the past year, and are self-identified by the respondent. Unemployed persons are those who, during the reference period, were available for work but were: on temporary layoff; were without work; or were to start a new job within four weeks.

2 As defined by the Canadian Tourism Satellite Account. The NAICS industries included in the tourism sector are those that would cease to exist or operate at a significantly reduced level of activity as a direct result of an absence of tourism. Source: Statistics Canada Labour Force Survey, customized tabulations. Based on data for the week ending August 20, 2016.